• Profile: Sarah Read

    Sarah Read is a dark fiction writer in the frozen north of Wisconsin. Her short stories can be found in Gamut, Black Static, and other places, and in various anthologies including Exigencies, Suspended in Dusk, BEHOLD! Oddities Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders, and The Best Horror of the Year vol 10. Her novel The Bone Weaver’s Orchard is now out from Trepidatio Publishing, and her debut collection Out of Water released in late 2019. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Pantheon Magazine and of their associated anthologies, including Gorgon: Stories of Emergence. She is an active member of the Horror Writers Association. When she’s not staring into the abyss, she knits. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram @Inkwellmonster or support her on Patreon. Awards 2019 Bram Stoker Awards Superior Achievement in…

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    Shelf Edition: Author Sarah Read

    Our December guest for Shelf Edition is one of our favorite Ladies of Horror Fiction authors, Sarah Read! Sarah is an author and librarian. Do you have any recent favorite LOHF books?  So many! Of course The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste, because of course. Sara Tantlinger’s The Devil’s Dreamland and To Be Devoured were both incredible. Julie C Day’s The Rampant was also gorgeously dark. Alma Katsu’s The Hunger ticked all my horror and history-loving boxes. Danielle Kaheaku’s In Extremis was beautiful and full of dread. And Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage was one of my favorite reads last year. What LOHF books do you have on your TBR?…

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    The Bone Weaver’s Orchard by Sarah Read Review

    He’s run away home. That’s what they say every time one of Charley Winslow’s friends vanishes from The Old Cross School for Boys. It’s just a tall tale. That’s what they tell Charley when he sees the ragged grey figure stalking the abbey halls at night. When Charley follows his pet insects to a pool of blood behind a false wall, he could run and let those stones bury their secrets. He could assimilate, focus on his studies, and wait for his father to send for him. Or he could walk the dark tunnels of the school’s heart, scour its abandoned passages, and pick at the scab of a family’s…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #130

    We have three recommended reads for your tbr pile today! Our team members review books by Sarah Andersen, Premee Mohamed and Emily M. Danforth. We hope you find something new to love! Click either tag above to read more team recommendations. Fangs by Sarah Andersen A love story between a vampire and a werewolf by the creator of the enormously popular Sarah’s Scribbles comics. Elsie the vampire is three hundred years old, but in all that time, she has never met her match. This all changes one night in a bar when she meets Jimmy, a charming werewolf with a wry sense of humor and a fondness for running wild during the…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #123

    Today we have three great reading recommendations for you because we know you need more books! Please click either tag above to find more books worth reading. When the Reckoning Comes by LaTanya McQueen More than a decade ago, Mira fled her small, segregated hometown in the south to forget. With every mile she traveled, she distanced herself from her past: from her best friend Celine, mocked by their town as the only white girl with black friends; from her old neighborhood; from the eerie Woodsman plantation rumored to be haunted by the spirits of slaves; from the terrifying memory of a ghost she saw that terrible day when a…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #112

    Welcome to our latest review round-up! We hope you find a new favorite. Please click either tag above to read our previous recommendations. How to Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend by Linda Addison Who doesn’t need to know How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend? From the first African-American to receive the HWA Bram Stoker award, this collection of both horror and science fiction short stories and poetry reveals demons in the most likely people (like a jealous ghost across the street) or in unlikely places (like the dimension-shifting dreams of an American Indian). Recognition is the first step, what you do with your friends/demons after…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #104

    It’s time for a mid week pick-me-up! Here are a few of our most recent recommendations. The Book of X by Sarah Rose Etter The Book of X tells the tale of Cassie, a girl born with her stomach twisted in the shape of a knot. From childhood with her parents on the family meat farm, to a desk job in the city, to finally experiencing love, she grapples with her body, men, and society, all the while imagining a softer world than the one she is in. Goodreads | Amazon | Bookshop Audra’s Teaser Review This Shirley Jackson award-winner blends the surreal and grotesque with the mundane, uncovering truths about…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #101

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction have a new batch of review link-ups of recent reads to add some dark joy to your week! We hope you find your new favorite book and don’t forget to click either tag above to find more good books ♥  Sisters by Daisy Johnson A New York Times Notable Book (2020) from a Booker Prize finalist and international literary star: a blazing portrait of one darkly riveting sibling relationship, from the inside out.. Now she returns with Sisters, a haunting story about two sisters caught in a powerful emotional web and wrestling to understand where one ends and the other begins. Born just ten months apart, July…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #95

    We have three recent reads to share with you today! We hope you find your new favorite book and don’t forget to click either tag above to find more recommendations that you need in your collection. Stone and Steel by Eboni Dunbar In Stone and Steel, when General Aaliyah returns triumphant to the city of Titus, she expects to find the people prospering under the rule of her Queen, the stone mage Odessa. Instead, she finds a troubling imbalance in both the citizens’ well-being and Odessa’s rule. Aaliyah must rely on all of her allies, old and new, to do right by the city that made her. Goodreads | Amazon Audra’s…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #90

    We’re back with our review round-up featuring three recommendations that we’re pretty certain you are going to adore! Don’t forget to click either tag above to find more good books ♥ Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth Our story begins in 1902, at The Brookhants School for Girls. Flo and Clara, two impressionable students, are obsessed with each other and with a daring young writer named Mary MacLane, the author of a scandalous bestselling memoir. To show their devotion to Mary, the girls establish their own private club and call it The Plain Bad Heroine Society. They meet in secret in a nearby apple orchard, the setting of their…